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(Japan Today)   "Japan's most famous prefectural mascot character, Kumamon, who represents Kumamoto, has broken records in the last two years by generating over 124.4 billion yen in revenue," vivid nightmares   (japantoday.com) divider line 50
    More: Weird, Kumamon, Kumamoto, TV Asahi, Bank of Japan  
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2013-12-29 09:47:55 AM
It's like Grimace and Pedobear tried to have a kid....
 
2013-12-29 09:51:22 AM
Bring it to Chadds Fark, Japan.  I'll show you the perfect prefect.
 
2013-12-29 09:55:40 AM
How come there's never any items from Lithuania? Isn't there a Lithuania Today? Gyp.
 
2013-12-29 09:55:44 AM
Meanwhile, in Japan ...

f.kulfoto.com
 
2013-12-29 09:56:19 AM
i0.kym-cdn.com
 
2013-12-29 10:03:47 AM
It looks like a bloody stool with arms and legs.
 
2013-12-29 10:07:58 AM
I'm sorry. WHO is Japan's most famous mascot?

hello-kitty.sanriotown.com
 
2013-12-29 10:08:50 AM
Well I know where I'll be vacationing this year.
 
2013-12-29 10:10:43 AM
not even sure what snark to post in here...
*wanders off*
 
2013-12-29 10:10:51 AM
Oooo, I am so making one of those as a large garden ornament, except I'll be sticking it in the woods around my farm. Should scare the shiat out of trespassers...
 
2013-12-29 10:12:17 AM

phenn: I'm sorry. WHO is Japan's most famous mascot?


You mean the glorified symbol of female oppression? That's why she doesn't have a mouth after all.
 
2013-12-29 10:30:14 AM

phenn: I'm sorry. WHO is Japan's most famous mascot?

[hello-kitty.sanriotown.com image 269x281]

Prefectural

mascot.  The Japanese are crazy for mascots.  Every prefecture and town has one.  As do many businesses, entertainment places and some schools.  The prefecture I live in has a dove for a mascot.
www.officiallyjd.com
The town I live in has this character with spinach on his head:
www.actiz.jp
And the famous Tokyo Tower butt plug:

idleidol.net
 
2013-12-29 10:30:14 AM

Schmerd1948: How come there's never any items from Lithuania? Isn't there a Lithuania Today? Gyp.


http://www.lithuaniatribune.com/

This gets close... but ain't near as Japanese
 
2013-12-29 10:35:08 AM
Every bloody place, event, building, etc., in Japan has a mascot. Here's one for the Sapporo TV Tower:
sapporista.com
 
2013-12-29 10:35:52 AM
I see you are interested in distributing Mr Sparkle in your home prefecture.
 
2013-12-29 10:55:07 AM
img.fark.net

not impressed
 
2013-12-29 11:08:03 AM
This could be great fodder for a photoshop contest.
 
2013-12-29 11:11:47 AM
Is anyone else seeing "Achewood" here?
 
2013-12-29 11:12:32 AM
the japs are batsh*t crazy. I honestly think history has proven this. also Germans and their weird Sh*t porn.
which is probably why they both got along so swimmingly in WW2. both of these as*hole countries need another good bombing.
/been to both.
 
2013-12-29 11:12:54 AM
My favourite Kumamon clip:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rD_U7vBuGg

(skip to about 55 seconds for the surreal sight of a bloke in a big black bear suit bungee jumping)
 
2013-12-29 11:29:06 AM

FriarReb98: It's like Grimace and Pedobear tried to have a kid....


That didn't take long...
 
2013-12-29 11:46:16 AM
You wanna talk evil mascots? Do you? Huh? Do ya?

I'll show YOU an evil mascot!

media.cmgdigital.com
 
2013-12-29 11:49:41 AM
This mascot is actually a demon feasting on souls.
 
2013-12-29 11:50:30 AM
I suddenly grasp the finer points of the works of Hayao Miyazaki.
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-12-29 11:52:56 AM
www.mangauk.com
 
2013-12-29 12:14:23 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-12-29 12:19:29 PM
Fun fact: since the yen is worth around 100 dollars, you get some rather large-sounding numbers being bandied around. Evidently, Japan's outstanding public debt is now over one quadrillion yen.
 
2013-12-29 12:25:51 PM
I was looking for a castle to visit and I found this guy's funny rant:
http://www.jcastle.info/

Jcastle: Guide to Japanese Castles

New Takeda Castle mascot. Enough with the lame mascots, please!! Every castles does not need one. In fact no castles need them. If you want something memorable for marketing, make a nice logo or other designs. It doesn't have to be a mascot! They are just embarrassing and show no original thinking. ゆるキャラはもういいです


Well, it was funny to me.
 
2013-12-29 12:28:38 PM

Mikeyworld: Schmerd1948: How come there's never any items from Lithuania? Isn't there a Lithuania Today? Gyp.

http://www.lithuaniatribune.com/

This gets close... but ain't near as Japanese


Pllbtthhbth on Lithuania. Buncha overly Catholic basketball players with names that sound like advanced diseases. Arteriosclerosis Parkyakarkus. They couldn't be as cool as the Japanese if you made 'em all small and slitty-eyed and packed 'em together 25,000 to the square kilometer. They'd still be flinging basketballs and rosary beads all over the place.
 
2013-12-29 12:31:13 PM
Wanted:  I lost my lapel pin of the Hokkaido bear mascot with reindeer antlers I found in Sapporo Station.  If anyone has a lead on one, pls let me know.  I'd be your friend for life!
 
2013-12-29 12:34:14 PM

theorellior: Fun fact: since the yen is worth around 100 dollars, you get some rather large-sounding numbers being bandied around. Evidently, Japan's outstanding public debt is now over one quadrillion yen.


Or 100 quadrillion USD. Check your figures.
 
2013-12-29 12:41:17 PM
ts2.mm.bing.net
Thought he was Japans national mascot.
 
2013-12-29 12:42:47 PM
That thingslooks like Pedobear's weird Japanese cousin.
 
2013-12-29 12:43:30 PM

i upped my meds-up yours: Or 100 quadrillion USD. Check your figures.


I'm just gonna sit here and smirk at you until you get all embarrassed at this post.
 
2013-12-29 12:45:02 PM
Could be worse:

m3.i.pbase.com
 
GCD
2013-12-29 12:49:21 PM

theorellior: Fun fact: since the yen is worth around 100 dollars, you get some rather large-sounding numbers being bandied around. Evidently, Japan's outstanding public debt is now over one quadrillion yen.


Got your numbers slightly mixed up.

$1 US Dollar is worth approximately ¥105.
 
2013-12-29 12:55:38 PM

Stinkyy: New Takeda Castle mascot. Enough with the lame mascots, please!! Every castles does not need one. In fact no castles need them. If you want something memorable for marketing, make a nice logo or other designs. It doesn't have to be a mascot! They are just embarrassing and show no original thinking. ゆるキャラはもういいです



Pretty much where I was thinking.  We were at Hikone Castle.  This is one of surprisingly few Japanese castles that aren't 1970s concrete reinventions.  As we're wandering around, a twitter goes through the crowd.  People start congregating, looking at the castle, getting their cameraphones out.  Being Serious Tourists, like we are, we're expecting some kind of... something historical.  A reenactor or a guide saying something or... something.  And, no, this mascot comes out and starts dancing to Michael Jackson's 'Beat It'.  Fortunately, as all the Japanese people were entranced, there suddenly was no line to get into the actual historical castle, so that was nice.

i.gzn.jp
 
2013-12-29 12:56:26 PM

theorellior: I'm just gonna sit here and smirk at you until you get all embarrassed at this post.


GCD: $1 US Dollar is worth approximately ¥105.


Whoopsie, it looks like I worded my original comment wrong. Boy is my face red!

Anyway, Japan really does have 1 quadrillion yen in outstanding public debt.
 
2013-12-29 01:30:51 PM
There's a mascot for everything isn't there?
img.fark.net
img.fark.net
 
2013-12-29 01:58:14 PM

bigbobowski: the japs are batsh*t crazy. I honestly think history has proven this. also Germans and their weird Sh*t porn.
which is probably why they both got along so swimmingly in WW2. both of these as*hole countries need another good bombing.
/been to both.


1/10
 
2013-12-29 01:58:56 PM

DarkParodius: phenn: I'm sorry. WHO is Japan's most famous mascot?

You mean the glorified symbol of female oppression? That's why she doesn't have a mouth after all.


Ha! Never heard that one.
 
GCD
2013-12-29 02:05:57 PM

dbrunker: There's a mascot for everything isn't there?



GIANTmicrobes have been around for YEARS now.
 
2013-12-29 02:16:45 PM

Lawnchair: Stinkyy: New Takeda Castle mascot. Enough with the lame mascots, please!! Every castles does not need one. In fact no castles need them. If you want something memorable for marketing, make a nice logo or other designs. It doesn't have to be a mascot! They are just embarrassing and show no original thinking. ゆるキャラはもういいです


Pretty much where I was thinking.  We were at Hikone Castle.  This is one of surprisingly few Japanese castles that aren't 1970s concrete reinventions.  As we're wandering around, a twitter goes through the crowd.  People start congregating, looking at the castle, getting their cameraphones out.  Being Serious Tourists, like we are, we're expecting some kind of... something historical.  A reenactor or a guide saying something or... something.  And, no, this mascot comes out and starts dancing to Michael Jackson's 'Beat It'.  Fortunately, as all the Japanese people were entranced, there suddenly was no line to get into the actual historical castle, so that was nice.

[i.gzn.jp image 800x600]



ROR!  That mascot is like a stereotype of a stereotype all hopped up on Pocky.
 
2013-12-29 02:17:46 PM
"Japan Today" and "Weird" tag.
Redundant.

Japan - the world's number one source of weird stuff for over 600 years.
 
2013-12-29 03:43:31 PM
Ok, amibwister, what the blue Farkles is going on in the picture? America deserves to know.
 
2013-12-29 04:33:56 PM

GCD: GIANTmicrobes have been around for YEARS now.


My favorite is the flesh eating bacteria - it looks just like the regular staph bacteria but it has a knife and fork!
 
2013-12-29 04:49:27 PM
www.robpongi.com
 
2013-12-29 07:02:25 PM
I was just in Kumamoto a couple months back, so am getting a kick...

/Pretty sure the conference poster has a Kumamon on it.
//100% sure the fridge magnets I brought back do
 
2013-12-29 08:35:19 PM
this is mascot fun, focusing on "Funashi", a new mascot that was big in 2013. He represents Funabashi, Chiba. A boring bedroom town near Tokyo.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WDDOk_GECc
 
2013-12-30 05:45:17 PM

stuffy: [ts2.mm.bing.net image 235x178]
Thought he was Japans national mascot.


In other news, the preview for the new Godzilla reboot looks badass.

/please don't suck
 
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